SPSA to accept credit cards at landfill

Published 8:44 pm Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The regional trash authority is rolling out a new credit card payment system at the regional landfill in Suffolk and all of its transfer stations.

Residents who deliver waste to the Southeastern Public Service Authority facilities still will be allowed to pay by cash or check for a few months during the process. Eventually, according to Executive Director Rowland Taylor, the switch will be made to accept credit cards only.

Credit cards were first accepted at the Suffolk landfill on Tuesday, he told the SPSA board during its Wednesday meeting.

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Residents of the authority’s eight member communities do not have to pay when delivering waste in a low-side pickup truck. However, if delivering solid waste in a long trailer or special types of waste such as tires, there is a charge.

“This way, we won’t have to deal with cash,” Taylor said. “We don’t have to worry about bad checks or other stuff going on.”

He did not yet know when the Suffolk landfill would convert to credit cards only. He said the system eventually will be installed in all the transfer stations, including those in Franklin, Boykins, Ivor and Smithfield.

In other business, the board voted to award a contract to Contracting Solutions Inc. for about $110,000 to extend a wall at the Norfolk transfer station. The move will help stabilize the building and enable the facility to process waste more efficiently.